For the past 5 years, his creativity has taken him on a very personal journey, working behind the camera to create strong visual imagery that can best be described as “life in motion”. Rob says… " if it moves, I want to shoot it, and if it doesn’t, then I'll move while photographing it.” He has won awards at prominent Australian photographic competitions, and exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography emerging artists exhibitions. This month, we'd like to share Rob's journey on Fraser Island as originally published on his blog...
|The main pool at Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island|
I am chagrined that as a practicing Queenslander I wasn’t better informed about the different styles of accommodations available on the island, ranging from bungalows set high up in the tree line to a 4-star eco lodge on this extremely large and diverse heritage listed island located off the coast of Hervey Bay.
|Welcome Swallows abound in the resort's grounds|
The Kingfisher Bay Resort has many activities to engage kids and adults alike, and two activities that I enjoyed were the “introduction and tasting of bush tucker” and their early morning ranger guided bird walking tour.
Kingfisher Bay Resort is ideally located on the lee (western) side of the island, and has daily ferry (car and passenger) services. A smooth 50 min voyage complete with coffee and snack availability, sees you disembarking on the 300m long pier, which doubles as an excellent set up fishing location complete with rod holders, seating and overhead lighting for those wonderful night fishing expeditions.
|Fraser Island is a mecca for four-wheel-drivers|
Anywhere other than the resort is 4WD driveable only. The initiation to the driving conditions is immediate. Upon leaving the resort you proceed up the sealed road through the wildlife fence and across the electrified dingo prevention grid. You are immediately faced with a 400m 45 degree steep downhill grade of grey sand with bumps and ruts that would have your chiropractor smiling for a month. It became apparent very quickly why the island speed limit is 30 kph and why the 18km trip across to the beach takes the best part of an hour.
|Beach pilots take off right from the beach highway|
It isn’t like any other road, because it is bounded on one side by sand dunes, and on the other the Pacific Ocean. The beach is also a registered airport. Yes, this Qld state road also has a pair of single prop 6 seater aircraft that will whisk you and your party up over the island hinterland to see sandblows, hidden lakes and wilderness usually inaccessible to the visitor. The aircraft also swing out over the ocean for an exciting whale, dolphin and shark watch. Its an exciting 20 minute adrenaline rush, and gives a wonderful understanding of the enormity and magnitude of this incredible island.
|One of the island locals checking conditions on the highway|
|There are more than 100 fresh water dune lakes on Fraser|
|Peak hour on the island's western beach|
The resort features surrounding wetlands, known as The Wallum, which can be enjoyed from the back balconies of most of its units. It features dozens of bird species which can be seen each morning and afternoon. Hiking tracks are easily accessible and well marked.
|No two Fraser Island sunsets are ever quite the same|
I’m so glad I finally went to Fraser Island. There is so much to explore and I cant wait to go back to enjoy the complete Fraser Island experience again.
This blog was originally published on 15 January and is reproduced here with the permission of the author. All rights reserved.
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